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UM Star Show 2021

In 2021, Maastricht University will present a brand new event: the UM Star Show! On 25 March, you can enjoy an interactive, online talk show in which UM professors and researchers discuss nothing less than the future of humanity. All alumni — but also employees, students and guests — are warmly invited to join us!

The theme: dive into the future with us

What do you think our society will look like in 2050? How ‘artificial’ will our lives be? Will we only eat cultured meat and food made in a lab? Will we be able to make new organs ourselves? If so, what does that mean for our economy, justice and the world? And how ethical is all this genetic modification, really?

Take part in the UM Star Show and be inspired! There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions and share your views. Scroll down for an overview of all speakers.

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Once we have received your registration, you will receive a link to the online platform where you can watch the UM Star Show on 25 March.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Paul, President of Maastricht University, provides the opening speech. Click on below menu-items for an overview of the other speakers during the UM Star Show 2021.

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Mark Post

Professor of Vascular Physiology

Prof. Dr. Mark Post received his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in 1982 and studied for a PhD in Pulmonary Pharmacology, graduating from the University of Utrecht in 1989. In July 2002, Mark Post returned to the Netherlands as a Professor of Vascular Physiology at Maastricht University and Professor of Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven. He conducted pioneering work in terms of making meat from stem cells and presented in 2013 the first burger of cultured beef ever. Meanwhile, Mark Post is CSO of two start-ups, MosaMeat and Qorium, which are respectively launching cultured meat and breeding leather onto the market.

Photography: David Perry


Rogier Veltrop

PhD, research on stemcells

Rogier Veltrop was doing PhD research on the SARS coronavirus at Drexel University (Philadelphia) when a life-threatening progressive genetic heart disease meant he had to undergo a heart transplant. After recovering, he decided to change course. He returned to the Netherlands and worked at Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology. He then studied Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine at the UM Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

Currently, Veltrop is doing his PhD under Professor Schurgers in the CARIM research group, UM Department of Biochemistry, and through the European project CaReSyAn under Professor Noels at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen. In 2019, he received the Harry Struijker-Boudier Award for Talented Academics for his stem-cell research, launched a successful crowdfunding campaign that led to an appearance on the talk show Op1, was selected as ‘ITN Fellow of the Week’ by Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions and received grants from the University Fund Limburg/SWOL, the Health Foundation Limburg and Interfood.

Photography: Paul van der Veer


Lisa Brüggen

Professor of Financial Services

Lisa Brüggen is professor of Financial Services at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, and principal investigator at BISS, the Brightlands Institute for Smart Society. In addition, she is member of the supervisory board of NIBUD, the National Institute for Family Finance Information, and involved in several networks, research projects and funds. Professor Brüggen is an internationally recognized and awarded expert in services marketing and financial well-being. She gives lectures on these topics throughout the world.

Photography: Michel Saive


Katleen Gabriels

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Katleen Gabriels is assistant professor of Philosophy at the UM Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A moral philosopher specialising in computer ethics, she studies how morality influences computer technology and vice versa. Gabriels is the author of Onlife. Hoe de digitale wereld je leven bepaalt (2016), Regels voor robots: Ethiek in tijden van AI (2019) and Conscientious AI: Machines learning morals (2020). She co-authored Van Melkweg tot moraal (2020) with mathematician Ann Dooms.

Photography: Bart van Overbeeke

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David Townend

Professor of Health and Life Sciences Jurisprudence

David Townend is Professor of Health and Life Sciences Jurisprudence. His theoretical work is focused on the relationship between individual and collective responsibility in relation to health and life science research; politeness and governance; and, on the concepts of privacy and property in research governance. His practical work focuses on data protection and privacy in medical and health research, and on the creation of effective research governance.

Photography: Lottie Townend


UM Star Show 2021: official teaser video

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The UM Alumni Office is looking forward to meeting you (online) on 25 March 2021.